By Raymond Ward, Chicago Crusader
NEW MUSIC: Ten-time Grammy Award winners, TAKE 6, have a new highly-anticipated album entitled, BELIEVE, due in stores this week. “When Angels Cry,” is the first single from the new album and available for purchase on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon and streaming on Spotify.
The “baddest vocal cats on the planet” according to Quincy Jones, Take 6 are launching a European tour in April that will take the group to France, Italy, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, and Norway.
Known for working with some of the biggest and most iconic names in music, including Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Al Jarreau, Don Henley and James Taylor, to name a few. Take 6 will delight music lovers with BELIEVE, a contemporary album filled with exciting collaborations and new material with every hallmark of the classic Take 6 sound. Motown Legend Stevie Wonder met up with the guys in Nashville to contribute his exquisite harmonica playing to the song “You Know You Are In Love.”
Take 6’s uniquely cutting-edge style is comprised of six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements and funky grooves. All of this bubbles into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop. Take 6 are quintessential a cappella.
The group, considered torchbearers for an entire reemergence of acapella as a musical movement, has been performing together since their days at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama in 1980. Their debut album scored two 1988 Grammy Awards and landed in the Top Ten Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian Charts.
Twenty-seven years later, the most talked-about vocal group of all time Take 6 is in greater demand than ever, selling out shows all over the world. They have performed on Saturday Night Live, the Oscars and the Grammy’s, had the honor of performing for four sitting U.S. Presidents, and appeared at the Democratic National Convention. The group, which has inspired and been a founding influence to a generation of recording artists including Boys to Men and N’Sync, has collaborated with a who’s who of artists – including Stevie Wonder, Gordon Goodwin, Don Henley, Whitney Houston, Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones, k.d. lang, Queen Latifah, Brian McKnight, Luis Miguel, Marcus Miller, Joe Sample, Ben Tankard and Cece Winans.